Sunday, October 24, 2010

Where to begin...

Since I'm quickly becoming a once a week blogger...(do you wait with bated breath?????)...

I had my first evaluation conference with the superintendent this week. It's hard to believe that the first quarter of the school year was over last Tuesday. He came to our faculty meeting then stayed and talked with me. It went better than I EVER could have imagined.  I won't bore you with the details but he was very complimentary and helpful and shared a lot with all of us about his dreams for the future of our new school.  I came away feeling inspired and with the sense that I'm doing what he wants done.  Oddly though, I'm having a (hopefully short) "spell" worrying about every single little thing about work.  I am a big believer in being appropriately concerned but this transcends that...I'm fretting and obsessing. For about 24 hours after the meeting I was floating on a cloud...then this.  Any ideas??

In a good solid attempt to forget about work, Hank and I headed to Clemson for the weekend.  BOY OH BOY did the Tigers show up and play some good football against the Ramblin' Wrecks from Georgia Tech.  Bless their hearts, the were indeed a wreck. They reminded me of our boys the three consecutive weeks before the Maryland game.  We enjoyed a great tailgate and one of my favorite things to do...singing We Will We Will ROCK YOU with 80,000 of my friends in Death Valley on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

Legare was in Greenville for the Furman Homecoming and inauguration of Rodney Alan Smolla as its eleventh President. He's an impressive man to be sure and we won't hold that law degree from Duke against him.  I guess he couldn't get in at Chapel Hill...ANYHOW, we had a lovely breakfast on Saturday morning with Legare his pal Richard before they headed to their game and we headed to ours. It was a good day (and then I went to bed and dreamed all night about work...AARRGGHH!)

Lorelai is coming home next weekend for Fall Break and I know what she has on her mind.  Shopping!  Luckily, I get my own little fall break on November 1 and 2, while she's here.  Can't beat that!  We may have a little at home tailgate party on Saturday while we watch the Tigers play at Boston College.  That sounds like a good little project for me this week.

Hang in there month from tomorrow (Monday) is Thanksgiving Day and two months from tomorrow is CHRISTMAS Day! 


I leave you with a photograph of Clemson's "new" CJ Spiller, hometown football hero Andre' Ellington as he slips by GT for a 55 yard touchdown run.  He makes us proud down here in Berkeley County.


  1. Congrats on the good evaluation & conference. I'm bet your fretting is just the desire to continue to do a good job. Give yourself a break and enjoy your success!

  2. Congrats on the evaluation! You have the best interests of your students at heart, and I'm sure that it is evident in your work. I think your fretting is just the desire not to "rest on your laurels" so to speak. Sounds like you had a fun weekend, enjoy your down time with Lorelai! Kat

  3. My grandmother always used to say, "This too shall pass." It has seen me through some trying times. I hope your anxiety passes and you get back to enjoying the good evaluation you deserve.
    I haven't done a lick of shopping and more than likely won't get around to it until December. I stress out with the pressure of trying to do too much and so I enjoy Thanksgiving and worry about Christmas when the time gets closer.
    Something happened to our deadgum cable and I have missed watching my Aggies. I'm out at the barn riding to occupy my time instead.
    Best Wishes to ya.

  4. Congratulations on your evaluation! Wish I could offer advice on the worry thing, but my colleagues & I are in the same boat! We know what's causing ours though...DOE mandates!

  5. Congratulations on your wonderful evaluation. That is great! Don't be so hard on yourself. I'm sure you an amazing principal. I would love working for you!!! Glad you got to have fun at the game and see your son too. I just had my daughter home for fall break, so you will enjoy having Lorelai home next week too. Have a nice week. Love & blessings from NC!

  6. Wondeful news on your evaluation... Always nice to know when we are doing well!

  7. Good Job on the eval. Wish I could offer a way to stop thinking about work, but I find myself doing the same thing. Worry, worry, worry about my at-risk seniors who are truly AT-RISK. So many F's. So many issues. And at one school in particular, all the F's are with ONE teacher. What does that tell you? And she will not allow me to work with them one-on-one. She "has a problem with kids missing class". I'm thinking we have a little problem here with her feeling professionally threatened by me - She's younger, adequate as a teacher, etc. You know the drill.
    Anyway - sounds like things are going GREAT at your school. If you haven't seen WAITING FOR SUPERMAN, please do. I was lucky to be included in a pre-screening of it last Tuesday. Wow. Take tissues. It WILL break your heart. Xoxo

  8. Tell me it isn't so... one month!...two months!
    No I am having a spell.

    I do not like when I get the feeling you discuss...when you feel really positive about something you are working on and then...crash and burn with anxiety!

    Hope you are feeling better about things.



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